The third edition of the Slum Soccer Tournament officially kicked off on Friday 6th December at Acholi Quarters playground in Kireka, Banda.
The tournament which was organised under the Aliguma Foundation was officially launched by its founder and celebrated female sports journalist Ritah Aliguma with an aim of identifying talents.
Unlike the previous two seasons, the Slum Soccer tournament will have as many as 24 clubs that will vie for championship in a space of three weeks up-to the 1st of January next year.
During the launching of the annual event, Mrs Aliguma outlined some major benefits of the slum soccer tournament fronting education and creating togetherness within the community as the major aim.
“It’s very important for us to carry out this tournament because it is the kind of football event that brings together the kids of the slum and we use it to bring together kids of different communities and we use it to address challenges within this community.
“During this tournament, we identify kids who do well with football and well talented and take them back to school through scholarships.
With the aid of UEFA Children Foundation, Mrs Aliguma gave out two balls to each of the participating teams, training kits and other related football material.
The third edition will have participating teams like Nakawa FC, Tigers FC, Police, Luigi, Pirates, Banda B13, Kiganda, Alur Community, Teso Community, Works FC, Thailand FC among others.
The winner of the Slum soccer tournament season three will win a Bull, a trophy, plus gold medals while the runners up will walk away with One hundred thousand shillings and silver medals.
Abato Schools and Shepherd’s House Junior Schools both based in Mpigi gave out 20 scholarships to the most outstanding 20 footballers from this season.
Nakawa FC are the reigning champions of the slum soccer tournament who beat Kiganda FC last season to claim the crown.